Games Meet Metal: Dan Brown sure would be proud. A review by Amebix720

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dan Brown sure would be proud. A review by Amebix720

Hello loyal readers! It's been a while but I'm back with another review. This time I will be taking a look at Assassin's Creed II from Ubisoft. Now, I'll be the first to admit that the first Assassin's creed was most certainly not my favorite game. The repetition of the missions really grated on me. So much so, I never really got around to finishing it. So after reading the previews and some of the reviews on AC II, I thought I would give it a shot. Plus, I just took a class on the Italian Renaissance and was really interested to see how well they pulled that part of history into the game.

I will say this, this historical aspects that were woven into the story of AC II were done in a really cool way. They took real events and wove the game's story line into them in a way that made sense historically and treated the historical figures with a sense of dignity. All of the historical stuff out of the way I'll say this: while much better than the first Assassin's Creed, AC II was still not that great of a game.

The reason I say this is not because of the story, controls, or even the graphics, it is just that after a while I found myself extremely bored running around on rooftops killing random archers and looking for random shit like feathers. Yes, feathers. Apparently Ezio (the main character) had a semi mentally handicapped brother who liked feathers. So after after his demise, it's up to you the player to collect feathers which are placed sporadically throughout the game. Of course this is just one of the many side missions which are not at all required to complete the game, I just found that getting feathers in memory of my dead retarded brother was kind of a stupid side quest. No disrespect to the handicapped intended.

The control in AC II is as you would expect, nice and fluid. Ezio can climb just about anything and can even swim! The combat is as fluid as it was in the first title. Easy to learn and easy to master. I just found that after a while, it gets really stale using the same moves to defeat your enemies. You learn all of your fighting techniques at around the half way point in the game and you use them over and over again. This is probably my biggest complaint about AC II, the fighting gets really old, really fast. You never really learn any new moves and the weapons that you purchase in the game never really seem to give you any type of noticeable advantage other than they take more health from the harder enemies.

All in all, if you like the first Assassin's Creed, you'll probably love the second one. Other than the historical aspect of it, the game was just not my cup of tea I suppose. The game's story is filled with really cool concepts and an ending so fucking odd that I was left just kind of scratching my head. Anyways, I'll give the game a 7 out of 10. It's like that fat kid who misses the bus and runs after it, only to run out of breath before he can catch up. You have to give him credit for trying.

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